Actually, at 5′ 2″ I’m taller than my mom and my grandmother (my younger sister is taller than me by an inch), but in the grand scheme of things I’m still pretty short. This was rubbed in recently when my middle son, Simon, who is now 13-years-old and in 8th grade, grew taller than me. Soon he’ll be wearing one of the cute graduation dresses for 8th grade. This seems hard to believe! If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time you’ll remember back to May 2006 when the banner up top looked like this:
Alas, he’s grown up.
The good news is I fit into his old jeans. And he’s hard on his clothes so they’ve got lots of holes in them giving me lots of opportunities to try some of those cool visible mending techniques I’ve been seeing everywhere. So this weekend I got Kristina Rodabaugh’s book, Mending Matters, out from the library and dove right in. I used some white #8 Perle cotton I already had so this was a zero cost project for me.
Step 1 was to cut a patch from some denim fabric and pin it behind the hole with safety pins, then trace the outline with some chalk. Then I trimmed away the frayed area around the hole.
Then it was time to stitch around the hole. I actually ended up taking out these stitches after this photo was taken because I had forgotten to turn the fabric under first. Whoops! But I redid it and it looks nice and neat now.
Then just lots of running stitches back and forth to attach the patch. Here’s how it looks!
The patch is surprisingly strong.
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen when I washed these jeans, but I decided to throw them in the machine and in the dryer with my regular load of laundry this weekend and they came out perfectly.
Now, of course, I want to mend everything in sight. Have you tried any visible mending? What do you think?